Dec 22, 2016

Cyrano de Bergerac (1900) — The 1st Movie w/ both Sound & Color — Clement Maurice

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And, who said we didn’t have motion pictures with color and sound together before 1931!

Believed to be the first ever, or at least oldest surviving, film produced with both color and sound. The color was made by hand-painting the individual frames of originally black & white film. The sound came from an accompaniment of a sound-on-cylinder recording of Benoit Constant Coquelin’s voice reciting one of Cyrano’s speeches.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. Although there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play is a fictionalization of his life that follows the broad outlines of it.


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